Wednesday 14 August 1918 We Lost 441
Second Lieutenant Reginald Francis Clements MC (Royal Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 26.
I may not wait to hear
What says the wind that sweeps across the lea,
And yet I know it speaks, and in its voice
There is some word to make my heart rejoice,
Some message speeding on eternally
That God has not made clear!
I may not wait to find
The secret of the seething sea that flows
Nor ever rests; yet must thre b some plan
Above the most exalted thought of man,
Some destiny that none but Heaven knows,
And Heaven keeps me blind!
I may not wait to know
The secret of the towering mountain height
That makes my little self so small and frail
And bids me rest awhile behind the veil,
Because so far beyond it shines the light
And God would have it so!
Today’s losses include:
- A Great War poet
- A 14-victory ace
- Two 6-victory aces
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- An Australian Rules footballer
- A man whose father died on service in 1915
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Leonard Vivien Drummond-Hay MC (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 23. His brother will be killed in action in September 1918.
- Captain Herbert Ruska Gould MC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 26. He is a 6-victory ace.
- Captain James Fitz Morris MC (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed serving as an instructor in Cincinnati, Ohio at age 21. He is a 14-victory ace.
- Lieutenant David Esplin Smith (Royal Air Force) a six-victory ace is killed in action at age 19.
- Lieutenant Clifford Charles Burge (Australian Infantry) is killed at Villers-Bretonneux at age 24. He is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Melbourne.
- Private Thomas Nuttall (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action. His parents will lose two other sons during the Great War.
- Airman 2nd Class Lindsay Gordon Cubbins (Australian Flying Corps) dies of illness in England at age 21. His brother will be killed in October of this year.
- Driver Walter Thomas Brazier (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 21. His father died on service in Aden in September 1915.